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Recycled polystyrene trays enter US meat market

On 3 May, Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage announced it is debuting a new more environmentally sustainable packaging for all its meat products in the US.

The Evok line of polystyrene foam trays are being supplied by Quebec-headquartered Cascades. The trays are made with 25% recycled polystyrene. This translates into a 15% saving in greenhouse gas emissions compared to trays made wholly from virgin plastic. A full switchover will mean Johnsonville cuts its carbon dioxide emissions by 750 metric tonnes annually.

Luc Langevin, president of specialty products at Cascades, says: ‘This announcement reinforces our leadership position as a manufacturer of environmentally friendly packaging for fresh food and our dedication to being a solution provider of choice for our clients.’

Being able to incorporate a higher percentage of recycled plastics into packaging for food and other goods is an ongoing priority for the future. The new Smithers market technology report – Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in Sustainable Packaging to 2026 – identifies this as the eighth most significant trend for industry across the next decade.

This article comes from Food Contact World, which provides exclusive news and analysis on developments in digital print trends, markets, and technologies.